- Shehu of Bama in Borno state, Shehu Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, says the Nigerian government did not tackle Boko Haram early enough
- Umar El-Kanemi, however, thanks President Buhari for tackling the insurgents and diminishing their ranks
- Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu says his foundation is meant to salvage female pupils in affected northern states
A top northern monarch, the Shehu of Bama in Borno state, Shehu Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, has reportedly said that the inability of the Nigerian government to tame the initial activities of Boko Haram allowed them to fester.
El-Kanemi’s town is one of those seriously attacked by the group that started its terrorist activities as far back as 2009.
Daily Trust reports the monarch as saying the inertia gave the sect enough space to operate, stressing that the growth of the insurgents was a failure of the state.
It was reported that the monarch spoke at the unveiling of the Ejike Chukwu Educational Foundation in Etekwuru, Egbema in Ohaji Egbema local government in Imo state.
Represented by the former head of service of the federation, Baba-kura Kaigama, the monarch said: “At the time the federal government and the government of the day didn’t take it serious.
“They didn’t come in to arrest the situation at the beginning of the uprising. That’s why I said it was the failure of the state," he said while acknowledging that President Muhammadu Buhari’s takeover diminished the insurgents.
The Shehu lamented that much still needed to be done.
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“They are still around, rampaging and attacking soft targets. Just yesterday, there was a bomb blast in Maiduguri where a number of people died. So they need to be mopped up,” he said.
While speaking too, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu said the foundation was initiating a move to get female pupils in the affected northern states to come down south to complete their education.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Army approved a special promotion for 3,729 troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who participated in Operation DEEP PUNCH II in Sambisa forest.
A statement released on Thursday, April 5, by the director Army public relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, approved the promotion.
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